Sidechaining Tutorial in Ableton

Did you know that there is a way to streamline sidechaining in Ableton? I had been doing this wrong for years, so here is how I do it now!

What is sidechaining?

Sidechaining, also known as ducking, is a common technique used in electronic music production. It involves using the signal from one track, called the sidechain, to control the volume of another track, called the target track. This can be used to create a rhythmic pumping effect, where the volume of the target track is lowered whenever the sidechain signal is present, and then raised again when the sidechain signal is absent. This can be used to create a rhythmic, pulsating effect in the target track, which can add energy and excitement to a song. Sidechaining is often used in electronic dance music, where it is used to create a rhythmic pumping effect in the bassline or other elements of the music. It is also commonly used in other genres, such as pop and hip hop, to create a sense of movement and rhythm in the music. To use sidechaining, a producer must first route the sidechain signal to a compressor, which is then applied to the target track. The compressor will reduce the volume of the target track whenever the sidechain signal is present, creating the desired ducking effect.

Give & Take by Netsky Synth Remake

This is a remake of the world famous lead used in Give & Take by Netsky. It’s a remake of the lead using xFer Serum. If you wish to recreate it yourself you can watch the tutorial below. Otherwise you can just download the sound right here!

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Kids by MGMT synth remake

This is a remake of the main synth sounds in Kids by MGMT. Originally (in live performances) MGMT used a Prophet 12 for their sound. This is a part digital synthesizer, meaning that they were not stuck to using the simple basic shape waveforms. If you want to learn how I made it, here’s the

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Why more tracks isn’t better

When I started out producing, I used to think that in order to produce better songs I needed more tracks. But that’s not entirely true. In this video I explain why more tracks isn’t better. Less is more? In the context of making music, the concept of less is more can be applied in a

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